Humanists Champion the Bible

Did you know humanists championed the Bible?

In the 1400 and 1500s, humanist scholars began studying biblical manuscripts written in Greek or Hebrew—rather than relying on the only version of the Bible at the time—the Latin Vulgate.Erasmus, an influential humanist theologian of the time, seized the opportunity to publish the first printed Greek New Testament.

Using parallel text containing a new Latin translation, he corrected errors accumulated over time. He was harshly criticized by scholars who considered the Vulgate sacred text! His vision to produce a Bible that everyone could read the wasn’t accomplished in his life time.

But it was the basis for a large number of vernacular translations in the 16th Century.

Today, everyone who wishes to do so, can engage with this Book of Books for themselves!

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